Forest for the trees

Happy Bank Holiday Monday. Just a quick note to let you know that my publisher, Flipped Eye, is the August blogger for Incwriters. Read my guest post on short stories and let me know what you think.

Writing Retreat

 Four opinionated and independent women writers in the same house for a week – sounds like a recipe for disaster. But I don’t think I’ve ever been as relaxed as I was in Cornwall. The weather was gorgeous. The house stunning – perched on a cliff overlooking the sea. The company …

Death by paper

Word count: TOO MANY I’ve been working non-stop on my novel for the past few months, and while it’s going well word count wise, progress isn’t being made. Let me explain. The writing is solid. Inspiration isn’t a problem and I’ve been disciplined, sitting at my desk from the wee …

Retreat

I am going away on my first writing retreat in June. Four women writers in a cottage by the sea. A week of salty breezes and sunshine, laptops, notebooks, vodka, pens, coffee, aspirin, seafood, music, gardens, ocean view, insomnia, sunsets, back pain, storms, gossip, hyperactivity, beaches, interpretative dance, more vodka, …

Idiosyncratic drabbles

For our August challenge, The folks at Idiosyncratica have set us the task of writing a drabble, a story told in 100 words. Keeping a piece to an exact length is never an easy feat. One hundred words is just bonkers. The effort below was taken from a short piece …

The Death of Print

At the end of the 20th century, critics were complaining that no one was reading anymore and that the novel was dead. JK Rowling had a lot to do with proving those critics wrong, almost single handidly resurrecting genre fiction, as every kid on the globe waited anxiously for the …

Ode to Librarians Everywhere

On Monday I had a reading. The audience consisted mainly of writers, students and people in the biz. People said nice things and bought books. I smiled and remained professional. Last night, I had a different reading at my local library. This one was attended by a small group of …

Melodramatic Vampires

I’m taking advantage of Google Reader to feed me an entire industry’s worth of advice from agents, booksellers and publishers. On any given day 400+ posts are waiting in my reader telling me the same thing: Give it up honey. You don’t stand a chance unless your protagonist has fangs or a …